Management Fix: Product Backlog Grooming/Refinement


This week’s “Product Backlog Grooming” could be considered a specific solution to teams who are developing products.
On the IT sector within Agile methodologies, “Backlog grooming” is when the product owner and some, or all, of the rest of the team review items on the backlog to ensure the backlog contains the appropriate items, that they are prioritized, and that the items at the top of the backlog are ready for delivery. (learn more at
As usual, it is a matter of having enough planning to understand where you are going.

Known Associates

This MngtFix has been mentioned in relation to a number of MngtBugs such as…
“Lack of Product Strategy”,
“Lack of Focus”,
“Unrealistic Project Schedule”,
“Lack of Customer Requirements Definition”,
“Unrealistic Goals”,
“Schedule Slippage”,
“Lack of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)”
and of course “Lack of Product Backlog Grooming”!


The MngtFix concept and knowledge base could be used to leverage a number of tools.
One of those tools is the Problem Mapping Technique. It is commonly used as a diagnostic tool for teams and organizations, and a deck of MngtFix cards could leverage its application.

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Eduardo Espinheira

Eduardo Espinheira

Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories